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Earthworm Jim 2 (NES, Ex-Sachen developers)

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Earthworm Jim 2

Developer: Ex-Sachen developers
Publisher: NT
Platform: Unlicensed NES
Released internationally: 1996


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This unlicensed NES port of Earthworm Jim 2, known as the "Shin-Shin" version, was developed by the Ex-Sachen developer team, and was published by NT (also known as Ka-Sheng or Shin-Shin). Compared to the also unlicensed port by Super Game, this version feels more official, however this port's graphics seem to be confused about what perspective they're supposed to be.

Unused Graphics

Game Over

Game over!

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There exists graphics of Jim looking disappointed, which would have been used in the game over screen like the official versions. However, selecting "no" on the Continue screen in this port will simply go to the title screen, with no game over screen. Oddly, it is stored as a background graphics data along with Options menu background graphics as against other Jim's graphics usually stored as sprites data which is a hard evidence that there were no finished animated Game Over screen at the time of the game release but some sample static placeholder.

Alternate Title Screen

Ewj2 nes kasheng unused title.png There is a version of the title screen that looks similar to the Earthworm Jim 4 title screen but instead of the number "4", it shows the number "3". This means that another revision, Earthworm Jim 3, may have been planned to be released. This title screen was probably scrapped because there's already an unlicensed NES game called Earthworm Jim 3 published by the same publisher, but it's a port by Hummer Team of the first EWJ game.

Revisional Differences

There were multiple versions of this game released, which is common in unlicensed NES software. The first revision is "Earthworm Jim 2 (Unl) [U] [!].nes".

Second Revision (Earthworm Jim 2 (Unl) [p1].nes)

Lorenzen's Soil

This version fixes a bug where Lorenzen's Soil was replaced with a duplicate of Puppy Love, and also fixes another bug where some levels didn't have a title card or password (excluding Puppy Love and the Udderly Abducted sub-levels). (However, Lorenzen's Soil was skipped after finishing Puppy Love, but you can still enter it by entering the password "F1658".)

Third Revision (Earthworm Jim 2 (Kasing) [!].nes)

This adds a title card and password to the rest of the levels, including Puppy Love and all Udderly Abducted levels.

"Earthworm Jim 2+4" (included in "Super 3-in-1 (NT-934) [!].nes")

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This version, titled Earthworm Jim 2+4, is based on the initial release/first revision. It is often found on multicarts, but single cart releases do exist. It contains these differences:

In General

  • The game inserts a 2-in-1 menu after the splash screen to let the player select the two "games".
  • Some soundtrack either didn't play or glitched out, likely cut out to fit in the multicart.
  • There's an extra password that displays "金豹" (Gold Leopard) logo on the screen in a similar manner to Super Donkey Kong 2 (NES), "XFILE" for Earthworm Jim 2, and "NBA96" for Earthworm Jim 4.
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Earthworm Jim 2

This version replaces Granny Chair with Lorenzen's Soil. The other content is basically the same.

Earthworm Jim 4

  • The title screen is the "Jim holding a sign" title card with the number "4" holding on it.
  • Title cards and password screens were removed.
  • Puppy Love's music only contains the noise channel.
  • The level order was changed:
  • Level 1: Lorenzen's Soil
  • Level 2: Puppy Love
  • Level 3: All Udderly Abducted levels
  • Level 4: Doesn't seems to load